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Robert DykesMay. 02, 2016 - 10:09AM JST
I love Japanese cars and borrowing from the words of Trump, I want to see Japan great again. But when companies like Takata and Mitsubishi knowingly pull this illegal nonsense I would gladly see them fold and either see a better company rise from the ashes or strengthen the other companies in the same industry. Japan is shrinking. This is fact and its okay, but it will not be able to support as many mega corporations. Mitsubishi folds, it will help out Honda, Toyota, and Subaru. Either way, this scandal will help out the sales of the other J-car companies.
Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors has cash to weather scandal, but brand battered
Robert DykesMay. 01, 2016 - 10:03AM JST
I think some of you need to understand when they talk about Lawson this has nothing to do with the stores I imagine. All the stores are franchises. In fact I have seen plenty of combin's owned and run solely by foreigners. My last neighborhood's Lawson was owned and run by a Japanese lady and her American husband. When they say Lawson hired more foreigners, they mean for Lawson HQ that deals with the brand and managing franchises.
Posted in: Japan's major companies taking on more foreign employees
Robert DykesApr. 29, 2016 - 08:03PM JST
Can someone explain why they don't give us four days in a row or all week? We have to work Monday and Friday. So no one at our university can go anywhere. The students are either faced with skipping class, which will impact their grades, or not go anywhere.
Worse than "everyone doing the same thing" is having golden week split up like this. Talk about asinine. If not the j-gov then the school could just as easily do a little scedule magic and give the kids a whole week off.
Posted in: Golden Week holiday rush begins
Robert DykesApr. 21, 2016 - 10:54PM JST
@Yubaru yeah and salmon can be farm raised in a pinch.
Posted in: Sushi alert: Grim outlook for bluefin tuna
Robert DykesApr. 21, 2016 - 12:47PM JST
Good thing my favorite sushi fish is salmon :)
The same thing is happening in the USA with many of the popular fish, BUT good things are coming of this. People are catching and cooking fish that was often overlooked. Chefs and cooks are getting creative. Ten years ago no one was selling trigger fish. Now its selling out. Maybe Japan will start eating stuff like catfish which they treat as garbage, but where I come from, its better than fried chicken!
Robert DykesApr. 21, 2016 - 08:40AM JST
Its getting to the point where the low bow is getting meaningless.
The only time you see it is when someone is caught, not when someone is sorry. Yet again someone did something maliciously.
Scratch that. I am wrong. It is not meaningless.The low bow is taking on a new meaning: we willingly did something wrong that was selfish and we tried to hurt and steal from people and we were caught, and we are sorry we were caught.
Posted in: Sorry about that
Robert DykesApr. 17, 2016 - 01:34PM JST
You should try it with a little more adventure in your step. Slow down so you can enjoy the Japan that is slowly fading away. Buy a "seishun ju-hachi kippu" and see how far you can go. I did 10 days and saw 38 prefectures with just futsudensha. Read a lot of book. Saw a lot of small towns 99% of Japan never visits or see or stops at.
We see all these articles and stories about "Japan's hidden gems". Well guess what. I can promise you the Shinkansen simply speeds by all these hidden gems so fast you won't even realize you past them.
Do you need to get somewhere fast. Take a plane or bullet train. Do you actually want to do some adventuring, some REAL travel, actually experience the nooks and crannies of a Japan. Take the slow road.
Posted in: Riding Japan’s bullet train network from one end to the other
Robert DykesApr. 16, 2016 - 10:55AM JST
Okay, hear me out. This movie could be good. MAYBE. If its not the same overly dramatic soap opera lighting and camera work yet trying to be serious drivel like 99% of j-movies, they may actually have a winner here. It almost looks like they are trying to make another Godzilla movie along the lines of the 50s style Kaiju movies.
Here is the thing. J-moves have ridiculously bad acting, directing, writing, yet they take everything seriously, like they don't realize how bad their movie(s) actually are.
If Godzila doesn't take itself too seriously then it could be a good movie. Like we all know thats a dude in a costume again.. right? If The movie makers don't try to play that off as a serious special effects and everyone are not simply Jhonnys in full on soap opera mode, this movie could be fun.
Posted in: Upcoming Godzilla movie to feature largest cast in Japanese film history
Robert DykesApr. 13, 2016 - 06:21PM JST
15%?! Hold on a sec. I need to pack my bags and give my boss my letter of resignation. At 15% there better be some MAJOR increasing in standard of living in Japan. Basically every city and area outside of of the big cites is crumbling and falling away. 15% would benefit the banks, the politicians and maybe a dozen major cites in Japan with the other 75% of the population would suffer big time. Have any of you every truly visited Japan? Kyushu (south of Fukuoka), Shikoku, Hokkaido (minus Sapporo), Hokuriku, Tohoku, Chugoku area. They are ghost towns. Loosing jobs. Crumbling infrastructure. JR west (Chugoku area) hasn't been updated in 50 years. The lines, the trains, the train stations are all but crumbling. When I went on a futsu-densha journey I thought I was in a different country when I hit JR West area. We all know full and well that Japan is focused on its few growing cites. Osaka, Tokyo and Sapporo. Even Fukuoka is loosing people. Here is an idea: Kansai and Kanto can pay 15% and the rest of Japan can pay 5% in order to help stabilize those places. (Oh yeah, and the politicians making up these fairy tales ideas can pay 25% without being able to simply increase their pay)
Robert DykesApr. 11, 2016 - 12:03PM JST
"Cars don't just explode," well... no but this car happened to get into a violent accident and then rolled down a mountain. So I am not sure if the word "just" is really applicable here.
And if you go to Japlonik they actually have a number of articles about exploding cars and why some cars explode and why most don't. But sadly some cars do explode little intensive.
Posted in: 2 killed after car goes off road and explodes in Shimane
Robert DykesApr. 09, 2016 - 07:07PM JST
I have to say that sentencing for murder seems to be ALL over the place. After a decade of reading headlines I have seen people get 7 years or life for nearly the identical crime.
Robert DykesApr. 02, 2016 - 03:45PM JST
When Apple announced the name of their new tablet, the iPad, the internet was rife with jokes and giggles. Apple stuck with it because people can grow up and deal with it.
Robert DykesMar. 14, 2016 - 07:27AM JST
Here is an idea: Why don't you test Uber cab service?
Posted in: Tokyo to test taxi service with starting fares of Y460
Robert DykesMar. 13, 2016 - 12:03AM JST
Decreasing population does NOT inherently = bad/negative/crisis
Of course its a strain the current economic structure of Japan, but that does not mean its a bad thing.
On the other hand we equate immigration (USA) and overpopulation (China/India/Nigeria) as always equaling =bad/negative/crisis
Its yet another issue the world seems to only be able to see in black and white. If people don't 3 kids or 2 or any kids at all, then that's fine. Its not like we are facing extinction. Japan is facing a strain on its economy. Period, that's it.
Now let me ask you. What seems more likely? Adapting Japan's economy to this certain reality, or beating a dead horse trying to FORCE people to get married and then FORCE them to have 3 children?
Robert DykesMar. 10, 2016 - 02:05AM JST
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein"
Einstein never said that.
Posted in: Gov't considers 2nd sales tax hike delay as spending falls
Robert DykesMar. 09, 2016 - 11:34AM JST
"Conventional wisdom asserts that buying a house or apartment is always better than renting; a popular reason being that “rent is just wasting money - at least with a mortgage I’m building equity.”
Maybe 50 years ago! Get with the times and get educated. Anyone who has spent 5 minutes trying to educate them selves about money, finance, and home ownership should know, in the USA, unless you plan to live someone where for at least 5 years, buying a home is money lost. When it comes to interest, fees, tax, maintenance, etc, etc it works out that you not gaining any equity until about 5 years of ownership so if you do not know if are going to stay somewhere, then its a money gamble. Of course it does not always come down to equity. Maybe you have a family and pets and just want a big house. But today people do not stay put like they used. People change jobs much more often and people are loosing their job much more often now.
In Japan. I do not think I would ever buy a house. I have had so many friends buy a house with a zillion mortgage only to get a job half way across the prefecture. I know one guy who drives nearly 1 hour to and from work and is powerless to see his house. He hates hits job and his commute and all because he built a house is basically built himself a prison. There are no other jobs in the prefecture to take and selling his house would be money down the drain. My other friend luckily loves his job but still drives about 40 minutes to work.
Do not get me wrong. When the time and place is right we will buy or build a house, but I have see so many people buy one only because it seemed the next thing to do on the checklist of life only to get trapped in a less than ideal situation.
Posted in: Should you buy or rent in Japan?
Robert DykesFeb. 26, 2016 - 04:57PM JST
Its sad, but maybe thinning the heard isn't the worst thing. Korea has only two electronics companies that are giving the world a run. LG and Samsung. Japan simply doesn't have clout to support Sharp, Panasonic, Toshiba, Sony, NEC, Hitachi, etc etc etc.
Posted in: Sharp shares plunge after takeover thrown into question
Robert DykesFeb. 25, 2016 - 10:02PM JST
Two dead and 3rd "showing no signs of life"
That would 3 dead in my book. What a weird way of wording things like this. Why could they pronounce 2 of the dead, but not the 3rd even though they no indication of life in the 3rd "dead" victim.
Robert DykesFeb. 19, 2016 - 01:32PM JST
Wow. I had no idea nitris ("whippets") was a thing here.
I know in the USA they sell it so you can make homemade whip cream. I guess that's not what it was intended for here. I have emergency refill canisters for my tire repair kit for my bicycle and motorcycle. They are CO2. I never saw anything else for sale when I was looking.
But the article says nothing about cans of whip cream which definitely have NO2 in it. Desperate kids in the USA can always buy (or steal) a few bottles, hold the can upright, and get a cheap buzz.
Did a little digging. No more Fast and Furious nitris boost tanks either. Oh no! What will the world of illegal drag racers do?
Robert DykesFeb. 16, 2016 - 10:53AM JST
Death Note was the last anime that I actually truly enjoyed so I sat down to watch the live action movie. I honestly can not put into words how cringe worthy the films are. Why does everything under the sun in Japan need come from a manga, then get turned into an anime series, only the have a half hearted attempt at a video game be made, followed by a low budget feature film.
Posted in: New 'Death Note' movie coming in autumn this year
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